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The end of another year is upon us. Christmas is already here again. Our reminders of the season come earlier every year. Thanksgiving is not over 24 hours and there are Christmas decorations and sales everywhere. In reality, Christmas should be all year long for believers. We have the Joy of celebration the birth of Jesus and its benefits 365 days a year.
Do you know where the Christmas story really begins in the bible?
Matthew chapter 1? Luke chapter 1? Those are good answers as they do give the traditional account of the Christmas story read in churches and homes through out the world. But it really started 4000 years earlier. Really, you say. Let’s take a deeper look at the birth of Jesus and all that was entailed in the early planning stages.
We need to start at the book of beginnings, Genesis.
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. KJV
Enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed.
God placed a natural animosity between Satan and mankind.
Enmity has the idea of ill will, hatred, and a mutual antagonism. Satan’s hatred of Eve was nothing new; it was already present – but now man will generally speaking, have antagonism towards Satan.
The “friendship” Eve and the serpent seemed to enjoy earlier is finished.
There is now a natural fear of Satan in the heart of man.
If we are born naturally rebellious against God, we are also born cautious and afraid of Satan.
One must be hardened to willingly and knowingly serve Satan. Instinctively, we serve God or Satan; in serving ourselves we serve Satan thinking we are in control.
Adam and Eve had a choice after the fall there was no choosing or decisions to make. Only how far would the degree of depravity would go. God removed them from the tree of life and the protection and provision of His created environment which had been theirs but now it is under the devil’s authority. God was not without a prepared plan of redemption for man resulting in complete self destruction of his arch enemy. God was always in control of the situation.
He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.
God prophesies the doom of Satan, showing that the real battle is between Satan and the Seed of the Woman. There is no doubt this is a prophecy of Jesus’ ultimate defeat of Satan.
God announced that Satan would wound the Messiah (you shall bruise His heel), but the Messiah would crush Satan with a mortal wound (He shall bruise your head). The heel is the part within the serpent’s reach. Jesus, in taking on humanity, brought Himself near to Satan’s domain so Satan could strike Him.
This prophecy gives the first hint of the virgin birth, declaring the Messiah – the Deliverer – would be the Seed of the Woman, but not of the man.
For God to see the defeat of Satan at his first attempt of victory shows God knew what He was doing all along. God’s plan wasn’t delayed or denied but would be of greater creation. His plan is to bring forth not an innocent man but a redeemed man.
So, you see the Christmas story began prophetically 6000 years ago or maybe more. God being omniscient was prepared for the ultimate failure of Satan’s plan to deceive Adam and Eve. Then why did He give them the choice? Love always demands a choice, a decision. It can not be genuine of it is demanded, commanded or has no option.
Adam and Eve made a choice between obedience and disobedience and experiencing the knowledge of good and evil. They did not have to make a decision. They chose to make a decision.
Man knows evil and now makes a choice between the God of compassion, mercy and grace and salvation purchased through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, redeeming mankind leading to an abundant life now and an eternity with the Creator, the Redeemer and Comforter.
Or humanity can live under the authority of the god of deception submitting to a self destructing, disappointing life, void of peace and satisfaction. A lifestyle of misery and discontent now ending in eternal torment forever. This life of degradation and greed takes no decision.
We MUST make a decision responding to the Love of God and His plan of redemption if we desire an abundant life here and eternity in His Presence.
We have the opportunity to receive the greatest Christmas Gift of all, Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Now you know the story from prophetic perspective. God always had it under control. Amen?
Have a Merry Christmas!!
Rejoice! As we celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Messiah and soon coming King.
Let’s make Godly decisions and encourage others to do so as well.
Dr. D.L. Kelso
© Dr. D.L. Kelso
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Baby Sparks – Ages 0-1 years – Nursery
Little Sparks – Ages 2-5 years – Preschool Class
Big Sparks 6-10 years – Elementary Class
The Sparks have put together an online shopping registry with items they’d like to have for their children’s ministry! Please click the link above or visit www.ffckids.com!
There are several items to choose from and we appreciate your support for our children’s ministry, for “such as this is the Kingdom of God!”
This Christmas we will be partnering with the Council of Aging to provide for the Elderly in our community.
We will be collecting the following items:
•Non-Slip Plush Socks
•Plush Throw Blankets
•Lotion and Body Wash (gift sets)
Please go to www.ffckids.com for more information.
Zone7 is a safe place for kids grades 6-12 to hang out, play games, get connected, make friends, learn about life, talk about God and have fun!!
The mission of Zone7 is to develop the youth of today to hear from God and listen to His voice when making decisions, and to grow in Him so others may be loved and discipled.
Zone7 strives to be a place of refuge for hurting kids and promotes trust, openness, and learning daily. Using God’s word as the focus to help inspire good decisions, we listen to our youth to help them battle worldly pressures and expectations so they may be successful in their relationship with the Lord.
For events, be sure to click on “Zone7Youth” in the Events Calendar to see what’s coming up!
“Please use our YOUTH SURVEY form to let us know more about you!”
Worship @ 10:00am
FFC Cafe opens @ 9:30am.
Small groups for adults start @ 6:30pm.
Zone7 Youth AND Spark’s Children’s Ministry start @ 6:30pm too!
FFC Cafe opens @ 5:30pm.
Zone7Youth Service: Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.
FROM PENSACOLA: US HWY 90
Take US HWY 90 West towards Robertsdale. Turn South onto the new Baldwin Beach Express. FFC is on your right approximately 2 miles.
FROM PENSACOLA/FT. WALTON 1-10 WEST
Take the Baldwin Beach Express Exit (Exit 49) onto Baldwin Beach Express going south towards Robertsdale. Church on your right approximately 7 miles from exit.
FROM GULF SHORES/FOLEY/SUMMERDALE:
Take US HWY 59 North towards Robertsdale. Turn right heading East onto County Road 48 (across from the new Wal-Mart). Travel east approximately 2.5 miles until the road intersects with the new Baldwin Beach Express. Faith Fellowship Church is on your left!
Travel east approximately 2.5 miles until the road intersects with the new Baldwin Beach Express (County Road 83). Faith Fellowship Church is on your left!
FROM MOBILE/DAPHNE/SPANISH FORT:
From I-10 West Mobile/Eastern Shore, take the Loxley Exit (Exit 44 from I-10) onto US HWY 59 going South towards Robertsdale. Travel through downtown until you get to the main intersection of Hwy 104 and US HWY 59. There is a big Region’s Bank on the corner, and a Chevron Station on the opposite corner. Turn left here heading East onto Hwy 104. Travel approximately 3 miles until road intersects with the new Baldwin Beach Express and turn right heading South. Faith Fellowship Church will be on your right about 1 mile.